K-12 Education Funding - 2010 Legislative Program
1. It is essential that the state fully meet its Constitutional responsibility to adequately fund K-12 education.
Critical gaps continue to exist between state SOQ funding and the actual costs of providing a high quality education faced by localities. Fairfax County and other Northern Virginia localities more than meet their responsibilities for K-12 education through large contributions to the State General Fund, strong local effort, and the effect of high local composite indices, which diverts State funding away from this region.
Fairfax County and other Northern Virginia localities support full funding for the biennial rebenchmark of the Standards of Quality (SOQ), and strongly oppose formula changes which further weaken the partnership between the state and localities, including but not limited to, any reduction in the current 55 percent State share of SOQ costs, capping state funding for support costs and the elimination or reduction of cost of competing funding to Northern Virginia localities. Any state funding cuts contemplated for the current of 2010-2012 biennium must be temporary, avoiding changes in methodology and any further erosion of the state’s financial responsibility that result in a shift of K-12 funding from the state to the localities. (Revises and updates previous education position.)